Isabella Ruggiero, experienced dancer and choreographer, will introduce the participants to the cultural background of Tammurriata – a combined form of music, canto and dance – as well as to the basic techniques of dancing and drumming.
The workshop will be structured in two parts:
Part 1 – dance technique, dance etiquette, practical skills and theoretical knowledge on the rhythm of the drum Tammorra,verses, rhymes, jokes and the conventional expressions and the metrical structure of the canto.
Part 2 – Styles: we will examine the style known as “alla Pimontese”. The style has its origin in the “Lattari” mountain chain, in the sorroundings of Naples. It is nowadays danced during the holy celebrations of the Christian calendar in region Campania. Holder of this tradition are few but still alive and they are oustanding dance performers and Tammorra players. The style has hypnotic trend at times more rhythmic and bouncy that has its pick in the the orgasmic phase of the “votata”, turning of the dancers on aech other axes.
La Tammurriata in the southern Italian musical tradition: ritual and myth
La Tammuriata is a music tradition lived in the rural areas around the volcano Vesuvius, in the South of Italy. Throughout the transformation of seasons, the tradition connects the existentiality of the local population with their everyday social lives and work, the earth and the elements of nature, and with their ancestors and spirituality. With utter devotion and care, la Tammuriata has been passed on as a strictly oral tradition over many generations. It exists today an intriguing tradition transcending the limits of everyday space and time in a powerful ritual to cleanse up the social and metaphysical tensions that obstruct the eternal progression and repetition of life’s cycles.
Isabella Ruggiero (Napoli, Italy) is dancer, researcher and choreographer of traditional dances from the South of Italy, Egypt and the Middle East. Isabella is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and organizes artistic residencies in the Netherlands with the aim of creating a bridge between Mediterranean and other local cultures to spread music and dance culture abroad.